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Quesnel electrician falls short of winning Million Dollar Shootout

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GATINEAU, Que. - Rick Abbott of Quesnel, B.C. came to Ottawa to win four vehicles and a million dollars.

He'll go home with some new wheels, but fell just short of taking home the big cash prize.

The 56-year old electrician had 24 seconds to shoot 20 pucks from the far blue-line into an empty net Wednesday night at the TSN Million Dollar Shootout, held during the first intermission of the Canada-U.S. game at the world junior hockey championship.

Abbott needed 15 goals to win the million-dollar prize. He finished with 13, with one shot hitting the post and another sliding no more than three inches wide.

"I knew the crowd was my side and everything but you can't prepare for something like that. It was extremely stressful," Abbott said.

"It didn't work out but I'm fine with that. It was an experience of a lifetime for sure."

Abbott didn't go home empty-handed. He and his son Derek, along with family friend Owen Kirby, all won Chevrolet Traverses after combining to shoot at least 15 pucks from centre ice into an empty net. The three men had 10 shots each, but Rick Abbott and Kirby each scored eight times, meaning Derek didn't even have to shoot.

A randomly selected fan at the game was also awarded a new vehicle.

Rick Abbott was selected randomly from nearly eight million online contest entrants.

Darwin Head of Prince Albert, Sask., scored 15 goals in 24 seconds last year to win the million-dollar lump-sum payout.

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